Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Briton Kyle Edmund 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) to advance to the third round of Indian Wells Masters. It was not a smooth ride for world number two as the 46th-ranked Edmund made him work hard in the second set, forcing a tiebreaker.
“I think I played very well in the first set,” said Djokovic after the match. “Second set was obviously up and down. But credit to Kyle for playing some really aggressive tennis and taking it all out. He made a lot of winners in the beginning and midway through the second,” the defending champion added.
Djokovic looked pleased with his effort and said, “there was not much wrong I did. I did miss some forehands. But other than that, it was a very solid match. Good, quality tennis, a good test. I’m just pleased with the overall performance”, reports india.com.
Djokovic will now take on Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated Federico Delbonis 7-6(5), 6-3, in the next round.
Also booking his place in the third round was Roger Federer. The Swiss Master in 51 minutes outplayed 36-year-old Stephane Robert 6-2, 6-1.
“Very happy. The knee is a thing of the past, which is great. I don’t even have to think or talk about it. So I thought the match went really well,” Federer was quoted as saying by atpworldtour.com.
“I’m very pleased with how it went. And moving on to the next round, it’s going to be a different matchup, so I’ve got to adjust again. I admire those guys who make the breakthrough later on and find a way and not lose love for the game early,” Federer added. Also Read- Sania Mirza in Paribas Open quarters, Leander Paes crashes out
“It’s nice to see him do well now and beginning to play against great players on the big courts. That’s been so motivational for those guys to keep going. All of a sudden, age just becomes a number,” he said.
Federer’s next opponent will be 24th seed Steve Johnson, who defeated Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4).
Fifth seed Rafael Nadal registered a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win over Guido Pella in the second round in a match that lasted one hour and 21 minutes. Nadal will now face Fernando Verdasco in the third round.